Hello everyone! Another week has rolled into the past, but no worries, because every week we get new episodes of our favourite anime and TV shows! And this time we are going to review Episode 7 of Saekano.
The previous episode was filled with a lot of action, and it finally brought us to Winter Comiket! Having the game sold-out in just half an hour, obviously Blessing Software got a company that would take care of them, and of course, release the game in more copies. They released the game in 1000 copies which sold out immediately, mostly thanks to the factor that the art was done by Kashiwagi Eri, and the manuscript was written by Kasumi Utako. Not very surprising, considering both of them are beloved doujinshi writers, though.
But let’s not dwell too much onto the tiny details and get straight to the point! I hope you enjoy this review!
Japanese Original Episode Title: リベンジまみれの新企画
The ending of this episode completely blew my mind! But before we get there, we need to discuss a couple of things first. The previous episode was filled with a lot of action, and maybe a bit too much happened in the span of 20 minutes. It was a bit obvious that this episode was going to be a bit lower-paced, and so it was. It’s not that anything important happened, it’s just we didn’t really move forward, even though it’s been two months since Winter Comiket, which in return means that we are in February. If you are a keen anime fan, or just know the Japanese culture, I’m sure you already guessed what this means. Yes, yes, you are right: Valentine chocolate! Our otaku boy Tomoya manages to get not one, but three chocolates from three different girls: Izumi-chan, Eriri, and even Utaha. However, since he hasn’t managed to make up with Kato yet, that was it.
The thing I really liked about this episode was its lightheartedness. It was filled with many jokes, especiallu about the otaku culture. For example Eriri and Utaha fighting for Tomoya in the middle of the school, not minding other people, and the fact that their hard work since the entrance ceremony to preserve a certain image went down the drain. This was followed by Tomoya’s friend (whose name I can’t bring myself to remember lol) complaining that Tomoya has become the protagonist of a harem manga, to which Tomoya remarked, that he finally realized how annoying the best friends of the harem manga’s protagonist actually are. My favorite, however, was Tomoya doing an impression of tsundere Eriri, when she was acting completely normal while giving him the Valentine chocolate. Ah, tsundere are the best after all.
Since the episode was pretty plain, there are almost no things to highlight. I guess, for me it was seeing Iori passing the Valentine choco from Izumi-chan to Tomoya and acting like it was from him. Even though this in itself is already pretty amusing, the thing that I loved the most was the happenings in the background. The girls who were working in the cafe were drooling all over the place and they were trying not to miss even a little scene of whatever was happening.
Saekano might be your generic ecchi, harem anime which is filled with a lot of, and by a lot of I mean a huge amount of fan service, but the thing that keeps me interested in it is the fact that the creators go out of their ways to tease the current anime industry.
Themes & Trivia
Yet again, with the episode being so plain there wasn’t really a main theme, the whole thing was very bara-bara (scattered all over the place). But I guess we could say that the main underlying theme would be the preparations for the new game, as well as the struggle of getting Kato and Tomoya to make up by using the pretext of the game. I do get why she is angry with Tomoya, but I think that she should at least give him a chance to make it up to her somehow. I think the next episode will be exactly about that.
When Tomoya mentioned the making of a new game to Utaha, her first question was if he has any idea what the game is going to be about. As we learned from the first season, Tomoya is not exactly the brightest person when it comes to creating stuff. It took him to pass through a huge ordeal just to get Utaha and Eirir approve of his plot and agree to make a game with him. Of course, after making the first game, you’d think that he would have managed to grow up as a person and as a creator, but thanks to Iori digging out the first creation by Tomoya and especially remarking that his style hasn’t changed in about ten years… I guess there isn’t much to hope for. It’ll probably be easier than the last time, but still, Eriri and Utaha are sure to give him hell.
However, the most important thing about this episode is hidden in the name of the anime: Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata. For starters, it is a bit different in meaning from the English title, mainly because it says ‘heroine’ and not ‘girlfriend.’ I always thought that this is about changing Kato’s character throughout the series. But it turned out that there is more to it! This is going to be the name of the new project! MIND BLOWN!
Well, with this I am going to end my saenai (lit. dull/boring) review of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Flat. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you agree with some of my points. Let us know in the comments below by using either the forum or the Facebook tab! Join us in our new forum and let’s talk about our favorite series! We always welcome debates!
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So see you all next week! And let’s hope that Tomoya manages to make up with Kato!
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